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I've been vegan for a little over a year now. It was for ethical reasons and I just couldn't go back to an omnivore diet. I dealt with some uncomfortable bloating and gas when I first went plant based, but it went away with time. Once that was over I basically ate anything that was vegan. Still dealing with occasional stomach problems. I was hoping cutting out dairy 100% would solve all that, since I'm lactose intolerant. Sadly after eating a whole bag of edamame, I experienced some of the worse cramps I've ever had. I cut out all soy after that. No cramps. Added a little bit of soy sauce back in my diet when I was indulging on take out. It made me tired but I can deal with that every once in awhile. Things like tofu always gives me cramps and the meat substitutes (that are mostly soy based) will do the same if I eat more than just a little. I never thought soy bothered me before I went vegan! I might just be more in tune with my body now. Sadly since cutting out most soy, I've started to lose hair, I'm losing muscle mass and gaining weight easier. I know this was a long one but I would love some help. I think I'm seriously lacking in protein and I'm not sure if there's a way to test for that?? Or if I should just start downing the protein shakes till I'm at 80g everyday. Please let me know your input or experiences! It would mean a lot to this new patient member!! -Tess xx
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